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The Assembly voted—

Ayes 8

Noes 6

Mr Barr

Mr Corbell

Mr Doszpot

Mr Smyth

Ms Berry

Mr Gentleman

Mr Hanson

Mr Wall

Dr Bourke

Ms Porter

Mrs Jones

Ms Burch

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Seselja

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MR SESELJA (Brindabella): Pursuant to standing order 246A I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts relating to statutory appointments in accordance with continuing resolution 5A.

Continuing resolution 5A was agreed to by the Legislative Assembly on 23 August 2012. The requirements of the resolution set out a transparency mechanism to promote accountability in the consideration of statutory appointments. The resolution requires relevant standing committees which consider statutory appointments to report on a six-monthly basis and present a schedule listing appointments considered during the applicable period. The schedule is required to include the statutory appointments considered, and for each appointment, the date the request from the responsible minister for consultation was received and the date the committee’s feedback was provided.

For the applicable reporting period—1 July 2012 to 31 December 2012—the committee considered one statutory appointment. The committee was unable to reach an agreed position in relation to the proposed appointment.

I therefore table a schedule of statutory appointments for the period 1 July 2012 to 31 December 2012 as considered by the Eighth Assembly’s public accounts committee in accordance with continuing resolution 5A. I present the following paper:

Public Accounts—Standing Committee—Schedule of statutory appointments—1 July to 31 December 2012.

Children and Young People Amendment Bill 2012 (No 2)

Debate resumed from 29 November 2012, on motion by Ms Burch:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR HANSON (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (12.05): I rise today to support this bill. I would like to note at the outset that the government has circulated

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